Saturday, February 10, 2007

All They Need Is a Hitler

Welcome to "The Gods Are Bored," officially sanctioned by the International Federation of Gods and Goddesses (IFG&G) since 2005!

Decibel the Parrot and I are home alone this evening. Mr. Johnson took the daughters to a family party in a faraway locale. It's too cold to go buzzard-watching, so I'm going to catch up with a topic that I've been meaning to address for a few weeks.

We at "The Gods Are Bored" cannot speak for every Christian who has decided to leave Christianity for another faith. But one small component of our decision to bolt from the Bible was the fact that we found ourselves in church surrounded by people who didn't seem to be getting it. By "it," I mean Jesus Christ's central message of separation from the affairs of state in order to contemplate (at whatever cost financially and socially) the Great Divine.

Put more simply, true Christians should not vote, although they should pay their taxes. They should not seek retribution for any grievance, be it a shooting of little girls in a one-room Amish schoolhouse or a bombing of a pair of New York high rise buildings with thousands of innocent souls inside.

Jesus said the meek will inherit the earth.

I guess we could give Jesus credit for some future vision of a globally-warmed earth boiling the meek into dehydrated submission. But I don't think that's what he had in mind.

Decibel the Parrot has had his bath, and after I'm finished up here I'm off to the mega-bookstore to buy a book. It's called American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America, by Chris Hedges. Mr. Hedges has a degree in divinity from Harvard University and is the son of a Presbyterian pastor.

In his book, Hedges demonstrates that the Christian right is not "Christian" at all, but instead a large group of politically-motivated people who have not found security in the new global economy. These people find comfort in a mass movement that promises them a better future after the Rapture.

That's not enough, though. Two things happen to people in this movement:

1. They fall victim to smoke screens. They focus on issues like gay marriage and teaching evolution in schools rather than the forces that are disrupting their lives, like the burgeoning costs of the war in Iraq and the tidal wave of job losses to cheaper overseas markets.

2. They want to use the government as a tool to turn their particular beliefs into law.

No, I'm not smart enough to think up fancy stuff like this. Chris Hedges proposes all of the above in his book.

Then he goes one chilling step further.

For this next part, you'll need to dust off those black boots and spruce up your goose step.

Hedges writes that all America needs is a severe economic depression or a major terrorist attack to set these so-called "Christians" into Heil Hitler mode. Remember, the aforementioned dictator came to power in Germany at a time when the German economy was in the tank. And he never won over ALL Germans, just ENOUGH Germans to subdue the dissenters. The Germans who didn't care one way or another just went along for the ride.

Chris Hedges envisions a future America built on a "Christian" fascist model, in which "good Christians" spy on their neighbors to make sure everyone is living a "moral" life. The morals being legislated, of course. Anyone found in violation of the legalized "morals" would face penalties.

"Pish tosh," you say. "Anne, why don't you try a little light reading, like Harry Potter or something? Our U.S. Constitution would protect us from fascists."

Emmm hemmm. Excuse me if this is spelled wrong, but the Brown Shirts burned down the Reichstag. Germany was a technologically forward nation filled to the plimsol line with university-educated citizens. No one stopped the fascists there.

Even before Mr. Hedges came along with his book, I had been thinking about an old-time politician named William Jennings Bryan.

Let's leave behind the fact that Bryan, an ardent Christian, would find precious little common ground with today's Christian Right. Let's just imagine that someone as charismatic, and as dedicated, and as magnificent at speechmaking, came along in troubled times to lead America both politically and spiritually. Now let's imagine that this charismatic political/religious leader accepted the Christian Right agenda.

Okay, I'm even scaring myself. Where's my blankie?

A handful of my legions and legions of readers might think that "The Gods Are Bored" and Mr. Hedges are overstating the case.

Think again.

I invite you to take a look at Exhibit A below. I can't link to this guy's blog, "R U Rapture Ready," for some odd computer-related (or fae-related) reason. So I'll copy and paste. The author's name is Alberto Trippe:

EXHIBIT A: CHRISTIAN FASCIST

Beware you liberals, I am back and I am mad as heck at what has happened to our country.We God-fearing America-loving Christians are not going to let you flag-burning bleeding heart tree-hugging liberals destroy our country with your anti-gun pro-homosexual agenda.NO, NO, NO!Don't even begin to think that we will accept this with no fight!Get ready because there are a lot of us and we are really mad at what you and all you phony baloney limo-liberals are doing, or well attempt to do with this God-blessed Christian nation.

Lest you think the above Exhibit is satire, I assure you that I have been following Mr. Trippe's posts for some time. Every time a commenter proposes that he must be joking, Mr. Trippe responds that every word he writes is dead serious.

Please excuse me now. I've got to go find my blankie. Or my passport. Or both.

FROM ANNE
THE MERLIN OF BERKELEY SPRINGS

11 Comments:

At February 10, 2007 , Blogger Tennessee Jed said...

Anne, I am scared...now I know exactly why. It helps, I think.

 
At February 10, 2007 , Blogger Rosie said...

Fabulous post, Anne.

Excellent point about Jesus being for separation of church and state. He didn't go throw a major hissy fit in a temple for nothing. Early Christian martyrs died in Rome for just that ideal...refusing to worship the Roman Emperor and by extension, the Roman government. But it's a brick wall trying to convince fundamentalist how much they are missing out on by not placing the bible in a historical context.

Mr. Tripp should be careful about giving us all ideas. Pro-gun homosexuals could be his worst nightmare.

And for some reason... I'm craving boiled meeks and potatoes.

 
At February 11, 2007 , Blogger Interrobang said...

I'm sorry, I don't buy that "True Scotsman" thing -- if they say they are Christian, they are Christian, just the same as anyone else who self-identifies as anything voluntary like that. It's up to the Christians to police their own and show them how they're erring doctrinally, and it's up to the rest of us to keep them the hell away from the levers of government and the machinery of state.

I'm possibly Mr. Tripp's worst nightmare: I'm a female atheist Hebrew-speaking cultural Anglican with an advanced degree, and I know four different ways of wearing a hijab. I don't particularly hold with guns, but I'm quite good with a bow. *grin*

 
At February 11, 2007 , Blogger Secret Rapture said...

My inaugural address at the Great White Throne Judgment of the Dead, after I have raptured out billions! The Secret Rapture soon!
Read My Inaugural Address
My Site=http://www.angelfire.com/crazy/spaceman
Your jaw will drop!

 
At February 11, 2007 , Blogger Tennessee Jed said...

Be careful Secret Rapture of your sanity because a mind as bright as yours can easily twist into a knot. You have some awesome observations which I respect for the jaw dropping connections you have made. You are on an extreme path in this human realm that requires some moderation. Otherwise you are waiting on the next Hale-Bop spaceship ride. Once more I do admire the awesome power of mind you possess! I will be reading your site.

 
At February 11, 2007 , Blogger Anne Johnson said...

We at "The Gods Are Bored" are wary of secret societies, especially ones linked to raptures. We like our Kool-Aid neat.

 
At February 11, 2007 , Blogger Athana said...

This is exactly why we need to ban the Bible and all the other War-God Rule Books (Torah, Kuran, Rig Veda, Odin's Manual to Live By, etc.).

I'm just as much for freedom of speech and the press as anyone, but these books have gotten us into big trouble once too often. Herr Hitler's frying of Jews was based on Christian hatred. The frying of hundreds of thousands of women, Gypsies, Jews, Knights Templar and homosexuals by the Christian Inquisition was based on Christian hatred.

And now they're at it again. Go google "Christian Reconstructionists" or "Christian Dominionism" and you'll see how close they are to dropping the Hammer again -- in America this time. I'm sure Europeans didn't see the Inquisition hammer dropping, either.

And don't be fooled by Christ. Christian moderates, read your Bible! Christ too is violent: "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword" (Matt. 10:34).

We have too many people too poor, too alienated and too scared. They have nowhere to turn but to extremist religion.

 
At February 12, 2007 , Blogger Secret Rapture said...

Tennessee Jed:
Thank you for the compliments(and cautions) on my post. I am indeed a far out Space Cadet. However hard it is for you to believe, by my hand, within months if not years, we'll be in the post apocalyptic world of Jericho on TV! Stay tuned!

 
At February 12, 2007 , Blogger buddydon said...

i wint to germany to study in 1979 on a counta i couldnt git it thru my thick hillbilly skull why one of the worls most advanced cultchurs could fall fer hitler n nazism. i ast folks who had lived thru it how it coulda happend. i herd that same thang over n over agin: twuz slow, fer one thang, n nobidy could bleeve twood ever really turn into whut it dun. then twuz too late n we jes wonted to survive.

i sumtimes feel we are sittin in frunt of the same kinda slow movin train them germans wuz.

 
At February 14, 2007 , Blogger SCOTT said...

Abracadabara AlaKazamm Alberto BE GONE to Rupture Land,,, poof,, he is a pile O Shit with Fundy Dingleberries for brains,,,

List me as : ProGUN FAG who would love to rumble with the rupture crowd if need be,,

Try to Pry my Freedoms from my dying hands as I fight everything that idiot stands for,,
First I will try Dialog,,, but they are always right,, and we's all going to hell in a hand basket they make with Puritanical Laws aimed at curtailing MY PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS,
F-Off Alberto I know what it means to be a Real American, and yes ,, a real Man,,,
Back Off before someone throws a house on you,,, you wicked wicked man.
The Friends of Dorothy are not afraid to scratch your beady little eyes out if we are threatened with the Nazi Future you wish to instill upon us all.
Don't think my limp wrist can't slap your self righteous ass hard enough for you to face your maker immediately the moment you overstep your bounds.....
Back off bud,, and go to your closet and pray,, as Jesus says,, and await your Rupture.

 
At February 16, 2007 , Blogger Anne Johnson said...

Congratulations, Scott, King Arthur has reserved a seat for you at the Round Table!

 

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